Yoga can be a powerful and transformative tool when channeled, directed and applied to all facets of life in focused ways.
I am continuously amazed and fascinated how quickly my students and private clients transcend mental-physical-emotional blockages simply by committing to a daily conscious breath and movement practice.
Every aspect of the human condition is nourished and strengthened when we cultivate compassion into and greater awareness of our selves and our environment and community.
What's more, there are endless variations to every yoga and breath work style that makes these modalities of self-healing accessible to EVERYONE.
Meditative movement extends far beyond the narrow definition popularized by the modernization of this ancient system for whole body + mind + spiritual optimization.
"From the meditations to the music, to the singing bowl and messages that Jillian offers, I often have troubled leaving such a peaceful state of being! Her style of teaching is true yoga and she moves about the floor helping everyone in any way she possibly can, offering encouragement while always telling us to listen to our bodies. She truly gives all of herself to her students and continues to be a student herself to expand on her own knowledge. . ." Diane Leddy, long time student.
My journey began nearly two decades ago.
Leafing through yoga books in my father's library, aching to reach the people on church mission trips more tangibly, suffering personal trauma, experiencing my first yoga class, teenage self-harm, suffering sexual-abuse, death, divorce, depression: all are vital elements that have cultivated my current state of awareness. These experiences, and others like them, transformed my ability to access and direct the power within my heart center.
I now reside in an ever present focus to create and share pathways that show people how to not only be the solution to their own problems, actively reducing their suffering, but also how this practice reduces the suffering of the world. All made possible by the simple but powerful practice of cultivating pure, unconditional LOVE.
I believe we are all reflections of each other, and with every teaching experience I am blessed with greater knowledge of how to better serve this world.
Teaching, coupled with my personal practice, has taught me so much. I have learned that mindful breathing is the essential foundation for a sustainable and fruitful practice. That all body types create sacred shapes when focusing on alignment and conscious breath. That slowing down often builds more strength than speed ever could.
Most importantly I have learned that the ability to honor the exquisite beauty of our body’s ability to communicate exactly what it needs in any given moment is a powerful gift, and this gift requires deep awareness of how and why we breathe.
"I suffer from chronic back pain, and my time with Jillian helps so much. I look forward to every session because I leave feeling revitalized and in less pain. She helps me with my flexibility, my strength and my mental wellness. Jillian is professional, attentive and truly cares about the wellbeing of all her clients. Her positivity and insightfulness is refreshing, and she is incredibly passionate about her work." Danielle Peterson, longtime client in my private practice.
The continuous evolution of a yoga and meditation practice adds an incredibly richness to this life. Like the brilliance of a sky awakening, and the warmth of the sun’s set; the red clay earth clinging to your sweat drenched skin on a most awesome adventure; the tears of pain and love; it is a purposeful thirst whose quenching is indescribably sweet; it is the awe of the endless cycle of life-death-rebirth.
I am a 200 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance. My love of nature and movement have been transformative tools during a variety of traumatic life events. Environmental consciousness led me to pursue an education at New College of Florida in 2005. I received my B.A. focused in environmental studies in 2009. I am also a published author with Elephant Journal and Simply Women! Magazine.
In addition to my private practice, luxury retreats, and sound healing workshops, I currently teach classes at Wild Ginger Apothecary: Studio + Lounge in Sarasota, Florida.
"Jillian has such a warm, kind soul. She gifted me with a private crystal bowl session that took me into a deeply calming and healing meditative state. The sounds of the crystal bowls vibrating through my body and ears were incredible. I am grateful for the experience, as I walked out of the session feeling lighter and happier than before. I would recommend a crystal sound healing from Jillian to anyone that is drawn to the experience. It is magical and a wonderful way to bring peace and harmony into your life. Thank you, Jillian! Keep on spreading the light, Beautiful Healer." Private student Alexandra.